After the war, the synagogue of Gorizia was reopened thanks in part to the help of Jewish allied soldiers with the US Army’s 88th Infantry Division, stationed in the city.
1946 Army Day Parade of the US 88th Infantry Division in Gorizia
In particular, the military chaplain and rabbi, Captain Nathan A. Barack (1914-1999), advocated the reorganization of the Jewish community and supported public events. As reported in 1978 by Marcello Morpurgo (1919-2012), a prominent member of the local Jewish community, for Hannukah (30 November-7 December) the Americans organized a big dance party in the former Sala Littorio, decorated for the occasion with a huge Hanukkah painted by Tullio Crali (1910-2000), a Futurist artist suspected to be a collaborationist.
1946 Army Day Parade of the 88th Infantry Division in Gorizia
Photograph of Nathan A. Barack, late 1950s